Does hypnosis really work for quitting smoking?
The answer is yes…it can, but generally only when the smoker is really ready.
You might be wondering, what does it mean to be really ready to quit smoking?
If you are a smoker, there are likely some people in your life who want you to quit. In their wanting you to quit, they might talk about it a lot and tell you how much they hate that you smoke. Unfortunately, badgering someone to quit an addictive habit never works.
The person with the habit will either hide it to avoid being criticized for it, or they will try to stop over and over again only to feel like a failure when they aren’t able to. When a smoker calls me to ask about hypnosis to quit smoking, I can usually tell right away based on what they say, whether they are really ready to quit.
The smoker who is ready to quit usually says things like, “I’m so sick of it, I am tired of the smell, I don’t even really like it anymore.” They are usually ready to schedule and appointment quickly. Seems pretty simple, and it is. When a person decides on their own that they are tired of the habit, hypnotherapy can make it quite easy to leave the habit behind.
A person who is not ready to quit usually talks about other people telling them they need to quit. It might be their spouse, their doctor or dentist. They often want me to convince them that hypnosis will be like magic and give them a guarantee that it will work for them. They will tell me that they really enjoy smoking and they’ve done it for so long that they aren’t sure they can quit. This type of person can be successful using hypnosis to quit smoking but it isn’t likely, because hypnosis cannot make someone do something that they really don’t want to do.
If you are thinking about quitting smoking, whether or not you are ready, you need to understand that it does take a commitment on your part. While hypnosis is a great tool and very helpful for people in their efforts to quit, you have to make the conscious decision every day to stick with it. Like any big lifestyle change, it takes time to un-condition yourself from that old behavior, but it is possible.
I love to help people quit smoking, I think of it as being a part of saving or prolonging someone’s life. If you or someone you care about is ready to quit smoking, hypnosis can help.